Published on Friday, March 20, 2020

Gulf Islands Closes Fort Pickens, Beaches, Camping

List of closures, con't: The Opal Beach Complex
The Fort Pickens Discovery Center and Bookstore
The Fort Barrancas Area including the forts and visitor center
The Naval Live Oaks Exhibit Area at park headquarters
Pensacola Bay Cruises
Ranger programs cancelled
Special use permits for 10 or more, rescinded Gulf Islands National Seashore is coordinating with state and local governments to incorporate their guidance into operational decisions for the seashore is announcing additional modifications to operations effective immediately. Where it is possible to adhere to the latest health guidance, the following remain OPEN at this time:

All park waters (82% of the park)
The Naval Live Oaks Area
The Davis Bayou Area facilities near the visitor center including the picnic area, fishing pier, restroom, and hiking trails
Petit Bois, West Petit Bois, and Horn islands, as well as the NPS-owned portions of Cat Island

Updates about NPS operations will be posted on Please check with individual parks for specific details about park operations. All Gulf Islands National Seashore status updates will be posted online at,, and

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